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Surveying technician

How can you find out exactly where your land ends and your neighbor's begins? You need a survey technician! Survey technicians create maps and locate boundaries of the land. They use special instruments to calculate distances. To join a surveying crew, you will probably need a 1- or 2-year degree in surveying technology. You will also need a steady hand, strong math skills, and a lot of knowledge about computers. Computers are being used more and more in surveying.

Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, and Surveying Technicians
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists are responsible for measuring and mapping the earth’s surface.

Surveying Technicians
Surveying technicians work with land surveyors to measure the shape, contour, location, and other features of land.

Measuring, mapping, managing and modeling information concerning the earth's physical and man-made features are the key areas of Surveying, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (GIScience).


If your interest is rocks, or if you are just curious about planet Earth, you may want to become a geologist. Geologists learn about Earth's layers of rocks. They use that knowledge in many ways. Some geologists, for example, work for large industries locating gold, oil, or minerals. Other geologists study earthquakes and volcanoes. Still other geologists try to figure out how Earth has changed over time, and how it might change in the future. To be a geologist, you will need a college degree. Most geologists go to school for several years after college, too. So if you want to be a real rock hound, you had better hit the books!

This website describes the minimum qualifications for a career in Geology.

Geologists in the Parks
Many of our natural parks are defined by their spectacular geology, such as the landforms of the Grand Canyon and the magnificent fossils in Dinosaur National Monument. Some show just how dynamic geology is, like the geysers in Yellowstone National Park.

Careers in Earth Science: Geologist
Geologists are the 'field hands' of earth science: without ground-based observation to confirm or expand on space-based tools, we would have an incomplete or even inaccurate picture of our planet.

Geologists, who study the composition, processes and history of the earth, can spend days and weeks out among the rocks and stones, charting, mapping, measuring, digging, and collecting samples.

My name's Lynn, and I'm a coastal geologist.
That means I study coastlines and how they change over time. I try to help communities deal with erosion as coastlines move and change.